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Creating Your Peaceful Primary School 2013
Equipping children and staff with skills to resolve conflicts creatively Helping build more peaceful school communities through inclusive and restorative approaches Helping build, maintain and repair healthy relationships throughout the school Peacemakers (West Midlands Quaker Peace Education Project)
1. We have some serious issues: According to the UNICEF 2007 report on Children’s well-being in rich countries, the UK is bottom of the table, with the unhappiest children. 50% of teachers are on the verge of leaving the profession. 50% of newly qualified teachers leave within the first 5 years. 84% of teachers are demoralised (NASUWT) Why Peaceful Primaries?
Why Peaceful Primaries? We hear stories of bullying, especially cyber bullying, and bullying of those with special needs The violence on our streets and screens, sometimes in our homes as well as around the world
Why Peaceful Primaries? 2. More everyday concerns from teachers and Senior Managers: low level rumbling conflicts disrupted lessons from behaviour issues cliques and classes not gelling racist or homophobic language aggressive incidents with parents poor relationships between some children, and between some staff and children
3. Going around schools I hear of a widespread desire for our children: to have more self-confidence be willing to work with a wider range of classmates have more care around hurtful language become kinder to each other show more empathy. Why Peaceful Primaries?
“Every child can benefit from a military ethos” Michael Gove, December The Answer?
Builds camaraderie Instills discipline Encourages co-operation, team work, participation Why the call for a military ethos?
Builds community Instills moral compass Encourages co-operation, team work, participation Develops emotional intelligence Promotes equality and inclusion Teachers students to think for themselves Encourages empathy and kindness A Peaceful Ethos may be a better answer…
Community and a moral compass have a positive impact on behaviour and attainment Well-being is affected by the quality of our relationships Emotional intelligence impacts on behaviour and relationships How do these help?
Self-esteem is built in part through friendship and positive relationships There is a link between bullying and the strength of relationships across a community Stress can be alleviated by the ability to find one’s own inner peace of mind How do these help?
Even Ofsted agrees: “There is more to life than achieving high standards in academic subjects” Promoting and evaluating pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development Ofsted March 2004
“Education is for… the training of good human beings, purposeful and wise, themselves with a vision of what it is to be human and what kind of society makes that possible” Promoting and evaluating pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development Ofsted March 2004
Qualities we will see: Sense of empathy with others Understanding human feelings and emotions Respect for themselves and others Readiness to challenge injustice, racism, use of force etc. Accommodating difference Ability to distinguish right from wrong Ability to think through the consequences of their actions Able to resolve conflicts
Characteristics schools will have: Model fairness, respect, resolving conflict Open and safe learning environment Encouraging cooperative work Fostering a sense of community Opportunities to engage with the democratic process Diversity An ethos in which all can grow and flourish
Negative peace - the absence of violence
peace of mind Opportunities for growth justice and equity ?? healthy environment cooperation absence of violence diversity and equality participation Positive Peace:
Four Levels of a Peaceful school Me You and Me Whole School The World
Quiet Place – or quiet room Breathing spaces in the day Relaxation Emotional intelligence skills: self-awareness, anger management, understanding our feelings and needs Opportunities for autonomous work and reflection No Bells Meditation Me and Peace
Emotional intelligence skills such as listening, co- operation, problem solving, team work, trust Conflict resolution skills Inclusion and mixing up games and activities Check-in circles The use of Circles to build, maintain and repair relationships You and Me and Peace
Playgrounds Policies and processes Restorative Approaches – equity, justice, voice for all Relationship Management policy Peer Mentoring Student councils – voice, representation Attention to lunchtimes Peer Mediation schemes Whole School and Peace
Playgrounds Peer Mediation schemes Policies and processes Restorative Approaches – equity, justice, voice for all Relationship Management policy Peer Mentoring Student councils – voice, representation Attention to lunchtimes Whole School and Peace
Ways to discuss sensitive issues (diversity, racism, name calling) Global/citizenship curriculum Discussions around peace School Projects: Peace cranes, peace mala, peace garden World and Peace